Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-15-2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Today's Gift

Growing is like running a twenty-six mile marathon. If we give up on the twenty-fourth mile, we will never know what it feels like to finish the race. —Anonymous

There will be times in our growth when we will want to give up. Our pain seems to have no end to it. In a sense, we are like the runner of a marathon on their twenty-fourth mile. They may think they cannot finish the race; they may lose their ability to see things as they are. 

If they can remember previous successes, they will no doubt make the decision to go on, to at least give the race their best shot. It does not matter how may people come in before or after them. It matters only that they have not given up. When they cross the finish line, the pain turns quickly into joy.

When we refuse to give up, we give ourselves an accomplishment we can rejoice in, the reward of knowing we have done our best.

What can I finish that I gave up on earlier?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Zeal is the faculty igniting the other mind powers into the full flame of activity. --Sylvia Stitt Edwards

When enthusiasm is absent in our lives, no activity appears inviting. In fact, most situations foster fear. With fear, we're ever so familiar. The program we're committed to relieves us of all fear, when we work it. And it offers us the enthusiasm that will guarantee positive outcomes for our efforts, when we look to our higher power for the right attitude.

An open, trusting, sincere relationship with our higher power equals enthusiasm about life. But that relationship takes work on our part. When we've done our homework we discover that no lesson will baffle us. Prayer and meditation make all things understandable and guarantee that we will "pass the course" on life.

Action for the Day: I will begin this day, and every day, looking to my Higher Power for the gift of zeal to live fully every moment, to give fully what I have to give, and to glory fully in all that I receive. My attitude of gratitude will increase my happiness manyfold. I will look to this day with zeal.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums

One Day At A Time

We realize a little solitude is necessary to think and to try to work some of the Steps.
In solitude, we take our inventories.
In solitude, we admit to ourselves the exact nature of our wrongs.
In solitude, our spirits seek that Power greater than we are;
in solitude, we seek through prayer and meditation to be aware of our Higher Power’s will for us.
- Came to Believe . . ., p. 109

Thought to Ponder . . .
We can't grow without giving ourselves space for silence and the voice within.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E E L = F
eel, Experience, Express, Let go

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Achieve the vision
by Ralph Marston

Stop wondering why you can’t, or why you don’t or why you won’t. Figure out how and why you will.

Have you successfully avoided taking action? Use that same power now to take the action, make the effort, do the work.

Fulfillment does not come while waiting for good things to drop into your lap, even if that actually happens. The fulfillment is in the challenge, the effort, in actively creating the value you seek.

Leave your past shortcomings, with their reasons, justifications and excuses, behind. Focus on the possibilities of now, step forward, jump in, and participate.

Visualize what success looks like to you, in such great detail that you feel the reality of it. Let that positive feeling drive you to transform your vision from feeling to fact.

Yes, you can achieve the vision. And when you convince yourself to act on that truth, and to persist until it is done, you will.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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